Employees Only

4.5
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81 reviews
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$40 and under
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Contemporary American
Employees Only Sydney is a New York-style cocktail bar and restaurant in the heart of Sydneys CBD.

Table bookings are available for dinner only from 4 till 9:30pm.

Our extensive late-night dining menu is also available until 2.30am

Please contact us at reservations@employeesonlysyd.com for bookings of eight or more or to reserve private space for parties of 12 or more.

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Drinks Only

Dine in
Starting Jun 24, 2020·Wed-Sat 15:00-23:30

Award winning cocktails, with bar food menu available.

Dinner & Drinks

Dine in
Starting Jun 24, 2020·Wed-Sat 15:00-23:30

A la carte menu available until 10:00pm. Late night dining menu available 10:00pm to close. Award winning cocktails available all night.

What 81 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.4
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.1
Value
Noise · Moderate
83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Lint
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Stylish bar with good food, friendly service and interesting cocktails. The steak tartare is a must-try as were the desserts. Just wish the noise levels could be dialled down for easier conversation across the table

Employees Only
Responded a day ago

Thanks Lint for the fantastic review!

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HannahMatthew
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

The wait staff were amazing, fun and friendly.
We were a bit dubious as we arrived as the bouncer on the door was very arrogant and unhelpful. While I just put it down to the

Employees Only
Responded a day ago

Hi Hannah. Thank you for taking the time to review us! Thank you for your feedback, we'll pass it on to the team.

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AngharadB
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall4Food1Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere, wonderful service. Enjoyed the burlesque show! The food was not great - very bland risotto, overpriced. My friend had the seafood linguini and was sick a few hours later. Would definitely visit again for a drink.

Employees Only
Responded a day ago

Hi there. Thank you for taking the time to review us! We'll pass on your feedback to our team. Thanks!

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ClaudiaM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience3

Thanks to Mashi (or Misha? so sorry I can't remember) from the bar who took very good care of us at the end of our dinner! The rest of the staff was nice but amateur and a bit entitled. No knowledge of the wine list, doesn't really know how to serve wine and asked us to leave in 1/2h after placing the last order (without mentioning anything before of course). We had to ask to cancel this last order, to be offered to stay longer. Maybe you should think about training your staff about menus and out-by management? Also the food was disappointing. For this price range, you have to do better. Please change the ceviche recipe - it was a distaster - and I would suggest to leave the condiments on the table with the tartare - it's a very subjective dish. The scallops were too cooked and not very tasty. But the steak and the truffle mash were very yummy! The cocktail list was also really interesting. We loved the Saffron one and the Bad Romance :)

Employees Only
Responded a day ago

Hi there Claudia. Thank you so much for taking time to leave feedback. We really appreciate it. We'll pass it on to the team. We'd really love to have you back again at EO soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff were so attentive. Food was amazing as always and we were lucky enough to get a peak of the beautiful dancers. Must haves are the beef tartare, lamb skewers, oysters, the pasta and the golden steak! The creme brulee was so so good and refreshing as well. I’m usually not a big fan of desserts but I loved this.

I also tried the spatchcock- it was a whole bird so really big! It was just okay and wasn’t as outstanding.

Employees Only
Responded a day ago

Thank you for taking the time to review us. We hope to have you back at EO soon!

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Oldmanriver
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Solid choice for good drinks and food. Loved the barramundi dish!

Employees Only
Responded a day ago

Thanks for the great review!

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AkshayR
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing I love it. The food was great, the staff were amazing.

Employees Only
Responded a day ago

Thank you for the 5 star review!

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Krsi
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Having been several times to EO I was disappointed on my last visit. The service at the restaurant tables was slow and disinterested. Lacked the usual warmth. The food quality was ok but not it’s previous standard. Meals came out at different times, the last arrived a good 10 minutes after everyone else’s and only after we asked the waitstaff to go and chase it up. Cocktails were excellent as usual. Really disappointing after having previously had such great experiences.

Employees Only
Responded on 18 March 2020

Hey there. Thanks so much for getting in touch and sharing your honest feedback with us about your most recent experience. We'd love to get in touch with you to discuss this further. Do you mind emailing us at maddison@tropicool.life with the date and time you visited, plus your contact details? Thanks so much!

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MonicaF
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the music and food would highly recommend. It’s loud but music is great it’s nice to listen to.

Employees Only
Responded on 12 March 2020

Thanks for the rave review, Monica!

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TM44
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Lively & very fun place! Lots of people watching and high energy. The DJ, Dakota, was outstanding and kept it skillfully hopping and entertaining for all!

Employees Only
Responded on 12 March 2020

Thanks for the fantastic review TM! We're so glad to hear you enjoyed the live DJ. We hope you'll be back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best service ever

Employees Only
Responded on 17 February 2020

Thanks for the amazing feedback and 5-star review! We hope to see you again very soon!

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ADubs
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

Really disappointing, took my partner for Valentine’s Day and had high hopes from the reviews I read. But unfortunately we were an overlooked table all night. We were sat in a corner and forgotten about we had to ask for the bill 3 times when we wanted to leave. We had stayed for the promise of a burlesque show at 9:30 and when it got to 10:00 we decided we had waited long enough. As we went to leave one song was played and that was it. Whilst the food was good the service really let it down. Even the host was exhausted and admitted to having a hard night which as a patron I can sympathise with but it is also disappointing to have this brought to our attention. I left embarrassed that I had booked this venue for our date night.

Employees Only
Responded on 17 February 2020

Hi there. We appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback and we're really sorry to hear about your recent experience. We'd love to invite you back for a meal, on us, so that we can make up for your recent experience. Would you mind sending us an email to maddison@tropicool.life so that we can arrange this? Thanks so much!

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SylviaP
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Atmosphere was great service was fantastic... Music was a bit loud for talking but we had a really good night

Employees Only
Responded on 17 February 2020

Thanks for the 5-star review! We appreciate your feedback and we hope to have you back at EO very soon, Sylvia!

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KristenB
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, service, atmosphere, entertainment , could not recommend more! We will be back!

Employees Only
Responded on 10 February 2020

Thanks Kristen! We hope to have you back at EO very soon!

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JosetteH
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Perfect night
Service food ambiance was tops
Loved the beautiful burlesque dance and feel there should be more entertainment

Employees Only
Responded on 10 February 2020

Thanks Josette! We hope to see you again very soon!

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vipMichaelJW
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience1

My sister and I went for dinner on Saturday evening. I have been to the Manhattan restaurant a few times. The only real similarity was the neon sign outside and the logo - all very cool. We may have picked a bad evening, but they were out of the gin I ordered (for a speakeasy!), out of the fish my sister ordered, so she ordered chicken instead - they came back 15 mins later to say they were out of chicken, so she ordered gnocchi instead. I had roast lamb. It was a raucous crowd, topped off by a cabaret dancer on the bar (I was fine with the latter). However, our food took well over an hour to arrive - it was tasty.

In their defense they were very apologetic and comp’d us some sangria and a bottle of wine - they attitude by the staff was exemplary.

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JorkeJ
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Took my wife for our anniversary dinner. We were greeted by a incredible friendly German host. She made my wife and I feel very welcome. She ensured that we were looked after all night. The food was amazing and the atmosphere just perfect. We will definitely be back some time soon, and we hope the main host will be there again.

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EmilyM
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely LOVED this place. The vibe transports you to another place, where fun thrives and people are so very friendly. The food was superb, cocktails delicious and I cannot remember having service that good for a long time.

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LaurenD
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a fun night! The service was fantastic and so was the performance on the bar! We will definitely be back for another round and for a longer evening !! xxx

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience1

Music is too loud which means everyone has raised voices which takes away from the ambiance of what would have been a great night

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sally
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great venue for cocktails and dinner. Was a bit noisy and hard to hear.

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Livv
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a wonderful experience! We came early for our booking and even though our table was taken, they found a way to accommodate us. Great cocktails and the food is well executed and delicious! Had a number of snacks and everyone hit the spot. Outstanding service

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PKJonasonPhD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I love this place. It can be pricey but that's the kind of place it is. I just wish it were busier!

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Neddy
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such an awesome please! We didn't know what to expect and we all loved it!

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic atmosphere & great attentive service

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GerardB
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience1

Ridiculously loud for a dinner venue, we found ourselves shouting at each other to be heard. Food was poor with the meat overcooked and dry. Seating was poorly positioned with people constantly bumping into us and other tables. The couple next to us got into an argument with some drunks who the waitress could not control. Staff were very lovely and did their best but this is a cocktail bar and overpriced one at that. It is certainly not a place to dine.

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LINDAW
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great spot, cool vibes and you can actually hear the conversation! Perfect!

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ClaudiaE
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Music was great!! i really loved the food and wine

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved it! It was my birthday & service, ambience, music was wonderful. I didn’t like the original table spot & was immediately moved to a better location. Amazing service will highly recommend this place

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AliK
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

A bit overpriced and too noisy. The service is good though and the online booking system is a plus, but not a great place to relax and have a conversation.

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vipLamiaL
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome cocktails and service. See you again soon

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AngelaH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Fantastic cool place. Will be back again soon. Awesome cocktails and so great to be able to book a table.

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vipTaraM
London
12 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Too noisy for a meal, service pleasant but a bit scattery and cocktails (martinis) not worth the $25 price tag. We only had a quick bite to eat and ate more substantially elsewhere due to the noise.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Been to the Employees Only NYC and loved it! So excited they opened one in Sydney.. Was not disappointed! Great atmosphere, loved the music. Will definitely return with the girls for another catch up soon.

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Kunal
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Came here on a Monday night; and while the wait staff was attentive, the service itself was hit-and-miss. One of the dishes we ordered was completely missed, and then when we ordered it again we got a completely different dish (with the waitress insisting that it was the same dish we ordered). The chef wasn't present because when we asked for what's in one of the dishes we were told that only the kitchen hands were available and they don't know the ingredients. Overall, I appreciate the concept of the restaurant and the atmosphere. But it could use with a little sprucing up in terms of the quality of the food and service.

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vipAlwayshonestfoodie
Miami
47 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

I booked based on reviews, but was disappointed in the service , lack of attention, messed up our order and the food was just so so.
Not worth the price either.

First and last time for me. Maybe a bad night??

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Rachael
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Was a great night, food was absolutely amazing and the staff were great!
Good vibes

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OstapK
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place! Very stylish, good atmosphere of 1920-30s pub

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vipLamiaL
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another amazing evening with fiends. Cocktails on point 👌. See you again EOS

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SierraC
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great cocktail bar! Been here twice now and have loved the cocktails and atmosphere both times. It is a great bar for a date night or night with the girls.

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